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Snooker: Advani downs Steve Davis

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Sheffield: India's Pankaj Advani, down 1-4, bounced back to defeat legendary Steve Davis 6-5 in the second round of the qualifying tournament for the International Championship snooker tournament here Monday.

Advani, who had beaten World No.86 Craig Steadman of Britain 6-1 - aided by two century breaks (105, 117), was slow off the blocks against six-time World champion Davis, but gathered himself well to prevail.

Davis took a 3-0 lead, but Advani fought back to win the fourth frame only to have the 55-year old former World No.1 move to 4-1 and put the Indian under pressure.

Maintaining his calm composure, Advani won the next four frames to go 5-4 up, but Davis caught up for 5-5 to push the match into the decider frame.

He opened the final frame with a break of 51 to lead 67-8, and went on to seal the match 6-5 for a memorable victory.

Advani is now drawn to play the veteran Scottish professional Allan McManus in the penultimate round of the qualifiers for one of the richest tournaments on the tour.

IANS

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